Your First Visit to UPMC CancerCenter
Arriving for Your First Visit
New patient visits may last two to four hours due to interaction with multiple members of your care team.
- You will sign in for your appointment at registration, where a member of your care team will check you in for your appointment, verify demographic and insurance information, and direct you to your physician area.
- A member of your care team will take your height, weight (no shoes please), and your blood pressure. Additional paperwork also may need to be completed during this time.
- Once placed in an examination room, you may be assessed by multiple members of your care team. During this time, they will review your medical history, complete a physical examination, and discuss potential treatment options.
- Not all patients will require treatment.
- Most follow-up visits can be scheduled at the discharge desk prior to leaving.
What to Expect: Lab Work
- Sign in for your appointment at the front desk and have a seat in the reception area.
- A member of your care team will direct you to the appropriate area to draw your blood.
- Having your blood drawn is an important step to ensure the care you are receiving is accurate. Labs may take up to 30 minutes to be resulted and reviewed.
What to Expect: Patients Requiring Treatment
Based on your specific treatment plan determined by you and your care team, injections may take 30 to 60 minutes and all other treatments may take two to eight hours.
- To ensure that accuracy of your treatment, a member from your care team will take your vitals, height, and weight (no shoes please) at each visit.
- Prior to receiving treatment, your lab work has to be reviewed by a member of your care team.
- A member of your care team will review education materials about the medication that you will be receiving.
Participating in a Research Trial
You may be eligible to participate in a research study. Research studies require a unique treatment plan in which additional steps and procedures may be required. Please be aware that additional time may be spent during each visit. Your research nurse will describe the details of your specific treatment.